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Went in for my flight physical on June 27th and passed. All my data was current with the FAA and I was issued a temporary Third Class Medical Certificate valid until the FAA sent a letter with the requirements to maintain the Special Issuance.
The letter arrived yesterday and I have been granted a 6 year Authorization for Special Issuance of Medical Certification, expires 2017. They have also changed my requirement to submit data to every 24 months to coincide with the flight physical. This is great news, my Cardiologist didn't want to see me for another 2 years. Life is good.
It has been worth the journey. Having a Third Class means no limitations.
Live long and prosper!
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After recovering from surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in 2007, I applied for a Authorization for Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate in June 2009. After the physical, it took about 6 months to get the data required to the FAA, hospital/surgery reports, CT scans, Echo's, etc. A Special Issuance is good for one year, the physical is good for 2 years. The clock started ticking when I got the physical, so I had 6 months before the Medical expired in June 2010. At that point I was going to let it lapse and fly as a Sport Pilot. My pursuit of a Medical was a personal choice, I was legal to fly as a Sport Pilot since my prior Medical had lapsed before my surgery.
Unfortunately, my Cardiologist sent in a letter in September of 2010 and that opened up a Medical review that required new data, specifically an Echo, but the last Echo was out of date. Data has to be less than 90 days old. I traded letters with the FAA and was finally denied, meaning I wasn't able to fly as a Sport Pilot. Not a big deal, we were moving, the plane was 600 miles away. I'd sort it out in the Spring after my next visit to the Cardiologist.
New Echo on April 1, 2010 and that was sent to the FAA the following week. It took until May 17th to get into the system, this is normal unless you can Fax the data. Called today, June 23rd, and it had finally been reviewed and I've been approved to see an AME for my physical, but I need to wait for the letter to arrive. If all goes well, I could be legal next week, but will wait until after July 1 to get my physical. This will get me to July 31, 2012 before expiration.
Then I asked if it would ever be possible to return to normal, not needing Special Issuance. Then I got some shocking news, I'm on Synthroid and that requires a Special Issuance Authorization. So, if you're on Synthroid and have a valid Third Class Medical, but haven't told the FAA, that is reason for denial.
I'll decided next year if I'm going to continue with a Special Issuance or let my Medical lapse and fly as a Sport Pilot. This was the last piece of the puzzle. I can now fly my XL to Oregon.
Life is good!